The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 4, 2014

Readers' Forum 5-4 | Central Cambria students speak out on current affairs

JOHNSTOWN — Editor’s note: The following letters were written by students in Tom Aurandt’s law/current events class at Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg.

Allow road access to all-terrain vehicles

I believe that the laws against riding all-terrain and utility task vehicles on roads should be lifted.

I’m not saying drivers should be able to ride along highways, but what does it hurt seeing an ATV riding calmly through the little town of Colver.

I believe that if ATV owners pay the registration fee, always wear a helmet, follow regular traffic laws and maintain a safe and steady speed, they should be able to come and go as they please – just like the motorcyclists do; it is also a right for them.

If ATV owners or their parents buy the gas for their ATVs, they’re paying gas taxes. The taxes are used to build the roads of Colver. So, it is partly their property, and it says in the Declaration of Independence that government cannot deny you the right of life, liberty or property.

And, no one has the right to take that away from us.

Shelby Krug

Rothfus takes time for students

Congressman Keith Rothfus came to our school for one of his Coffee with Keith meetings.

I appreciate that he took the time to meet with the little people. He told us about himself, why he ran for office, how we could go about doing so if we, one day, wanted to, and so on.

We had the opportunity to ask him about his views on various topics, such as gun control, our involvement in Syria, gay marriage and more, in a face-to-face manner.

In my eyes, he comes off as a very humble man who looks at issues from all angles, and I’m glad to have him representing me in Washington, D.C.

Zach Gerlach

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